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ERIC Number: ED145701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 56
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Swedish and English Phonemes: A Perceptual Study. Swedish-English Contrastive Studies, Report No. 5.
Johansson, Stig
This study sought to test the validity of the claim that certain Swedish and corresponding English vowel phonemes are indistinguishable when presented in a test containing isolated minimally contrastive words. It also sought to find a hierarchy of perceptual differences between Swedish and English phonemes. A series of 40 pairs of monosyllabic Swedish and English words was constructed. The Swedish words were recorded by 6 Swedish models, the English words by S English models. Two versions of the test were constructed, each one consisting of a tape containing 6-7 words from each informant. The test was administered to various groups of English-speaking and Swedish-speaking schoolchildren and university students. Subjects were asked to identify the pronunciations as native, foreign, or doubtful. "Native" was English for the English-speaking group and Swedish for the Swedish-speaking group. In general, both English and Swedish groups were able to distinguish between a "native" and a "foreign" pronunciation, although this varied according to linguistic background. The results contribute to a better description of the relationship between Swedish and English phonemes, and furnish information needed in establishing a hierarchy of importance in the teaching and testing of English pronunciation in Sweden. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of English.